History of films

History of films

The history of the origins of cinema is an adventure made up of incredible technical and artistic inventions and full of twists and turns. From 1895 to the early 1910s, films and cinema change rapidly and conquer the center of attention all over the world, thanks to the contribution of inventors, artists and entrepreneurs such as Edison, the Lumière brothers, Georges Mélies, the directors of the Brighton school , Edwin Porter and many others.

History of films
  • Glumov's Diary


    Short film, comedy, by Sergei Eisenstein, 1923, Soviet Union.
    The film consists of 3 parts. The opening scene begins with a shot of Eisenstein taking off his cap and bowing in front of the poster revealing the stage play, followed by a shot of Grigori Aleksandrov as Glumov, in front of the same p...

  • Intolerance


    Historical, drama, by David Wark Griffith, United States, 1916.
    The Kolossal that changed the history of cinema by bringing ingenious and numerous innovations also to the cinematographic language. Made by Griffith as a response to accusations of racism for his previous film, Birth of a Nation. Fo...

  • Battleship Potemkin


    Drama, war, by Sergej Eisenstein, Russia, 1925.
    The revolt of the sailors of the battleship Potemkin and the citizens of Odessa against the ruthless police of the tsar, who reacts with reprisals and carries out a massacre. Sergej Eisenstein makes a film commissioned by Goskino, the office for cin...

  • A Page Of Madness


    Drama, horror, by Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan, 1926.
    A page of madness is an independent film shot on a nearly non-existent budget and then lost for forty-five years. Fortunately the director rediscovered it in his archive in 1971. It is a film made by a group of Japanese avant-garde artists, the S...

  • Zero for Conduct


    Comedy, by Jean Vigo, France, 1933.
    The holidays are over and it's time for the kids to return to the terrible boarding school, run by obtuse and conformist tutors, unable to encourage the growth of any spirit of freedom and creativity. The only thing these austere professors are capable of is as...

  • Haxan


    Documentary, by Benjamin Christensen, Sweden, 1922.
    Desecration of tombs, torture, demon-possessed nuns and witches' sabbath: Haxan, Witchcraft Through the Ages is an incredibly original and unconventional film that has become legendary over time. Between documentary and dramatic fiction, the fil...

  • The Last Laugh


    Drama, by F.W. Murnau, Germany, 1924.
    Jannings is the doorman of the Atlantic hotel in Berlin, happy with his role and his uniform. But his boss thinks he is too old to receive customers at the entrance and sets him up to clean the bathrooms. Jannings, deeply troubled by what happened, gets drunk...

  • The cabinet of Dr. Caligari


    Horror, fantasy, by Robert Wiene, Germany, 1920.
    The symbolic film of cinematic expressionism. Francis tells a story to a man: in 1830, in a small town, a guy named Caligari, plays the barker at the fair to present the attraction of him, a sleepwalker that he holds under hypnosis in a coffin. The...

  • French cinema of the 1910s

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    Short films, France, 1896-1912.
    After the success of the pioneers such as the Lumière and Méliès, industrial productions arose in France to satisfy the commercial demand of the public. Again two brothers, the Pathé, together with Gaumont and Film d'Art, were the protagonists of the new cinema bus...

  • Three songs about Lenin


    Documentary, by Dziga Vertov, Russia, 1934.
    The most famous film while the director Dziga Vertov was alive, a great success of socialist documentary cinema. An experimental documentary celebrating Lenin with the use of sound and folk songs. The liberation of Muslim women in Uzbekistan, footage of...

  • Man with a movie camera


    Documentary, by Dziga Vertov, Russia, 1929.
    After a few years spent making propaganda documentaries, Dziga Vertov realizes his masterpiece, inspired by the theories on reality cinema and Kinoglaz. An experimental visual symphony with futurist roots. An ordinary day of a cinematographer wandering ...

  • Georges Méliès

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    Short films, by Georges Méliès, France, 1899-1910.
    A selection of short films by the inventor of fantastic cinema Georges Méliès. Parisian magician, actor and director, Méliès introduces numerous technical and narrative innovations, and is considered the inventor of film direction. He invents the...

  • Brighton school

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    Short Films, by James Williamson, George Albert Smith, United Kingdom, 1898-1905.
    The Brighton school is the center of the early history of English cinema, and was born around 1896 with directors and inventors James Williamson, George Albert Smith and Robert William Paul. They were responsible fo...

  • Lumière Anthology


    Short films, by Auguste and Louis Lumière, France, 1895-1900.
    The Lumière brothers, "official" inventors of the cinema, made more than 50 short films in just a few years, the so-called "animated views", real-life scenes and short-lived gags. Viewers from all over the world were fascinated by the ...

  • The conquest of the Pole


    Short film, adventure, fantasy, adventure, by Georges Méliès, France, 1912.
    Perhaps the best film made by Méliès, full of extravagant special effects. Professor Maboul, played by steeso Méliès and six other people try to reach the North Pole. While the man uses a plane and crosses the constellati...

  • The kingdom of fairies star


    Short film, fantasy, by Georges Méliès, France, 1903.
    Freely adapted from La Biche au Bois, a popular tale by the Goignard brothers, and from "Sleeping Beauty". Georges Méliès plays Prince Bel-Azor. Most of the film was shot indoors, while the final scene of the wedding procession was shot outdoo...

  • The merry frolics of Satan


    Short film, fantasy, by Georges Méliès, France, 1906.
    Adaptation of the Faust legend, with elements borrowed from magic shows. In addition to directing and acting in it, Méliès personally takes care of all the technical and artistic aspects of the film, at a time when the French film industry was...

  • The legend of Rip Van Winkle


    Short film, fantasy, by Georges Méliès, France, 1905.
    Georges Melies makes one of his most narrative films inspired by the story of Washington Irving, who takes a nap and wakes up 20 years later. When he wakes up and returns home, he discovers that his wife is gone and that his friends have died ...